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Opening doors for learning for KZN’s remote areas

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Sakhi Simelane (Chairperson of the Unisa Council), Lungi Nhlenyama (Chairperson: SRC KwaZulu-Natal Region), Her Worship Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu (Mayor: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality), Prof Mandla Makhanya (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa), Sihle Mbili (Municipal Manager: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality) and Cllr Yagabaram Nair (Deputy Mayor: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality)

The ceremony to hand over land donated to Unisa by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) was held on 2 May 2019 on site at Uvongo, Margate.

Unisa plans to build a regional services center, which means that the current Mbizana Regional Services Centre housed in the Wild Coast Sun International will be relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in Uvongo, this serves to offer almost all services students would receive from other well-established centers.

Once the centre is complete, current and prospective students will have access to services such as online applications, registration, typing and submission of assignments, counselling, computer laboratories, classrooms, tutorials and study space, video conferencing, an advocacy and resource centre for students with disabilities, as well as a hall for writing examinations, which can also be shared with local communities.


Inkosi Mxolisi Xolo (local traditional leadership), Her Worship Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu (Mayor: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality) and Prof Mandla Makhanya (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa) Photo: UNISA News website

The VC said the facility would be designed to allow for expansion. It is anticipated that the project will commence early in 2020 and be completed two years thereafter.

Photo: UNISA News Website

Source– UNISA news

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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Supporting entrepreneurship ventures of SA varsities

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Entrepreneurship is growing within South Africa’s higher education spaces, from fresh ideas, innovations, to creative ventures set to contribute and stimulate the socio-economic growth in the region.

These ideas have been met by support from various industry experts, funding initiatives, and institutions transforming into innovative and entrepreneurial hubs that can spearhead socio-economic development.

This has been the culture around South African universities such as the University of the Western Cape (UWC),which in collaboration with WearSA, launched a retail clothing store – the first design and entrepreneurship incubator store of its kind in South Africa.

Recently we saw one of SA’s largest venture capital funds, the SA SME Fund, introducing students to entrepreneurial spaces, launching the first fund in Africa that commercialises ideas from tertiary institutions and gives access to funding and skills to CUT to promote entrepreneurs.

Today, we see the launch of the DUT retail leadership chair. This is a collaboration between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).

This initiative is also set to “serve as a critical conduit between industry and the university, in terms of constructive engagements, best practice in the industry both locally and internationally, in curriculum relevance and work integrated learning.”


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